In Showtime’s Sunday-night crime drama “Dexter,” Michael C. Hall plays the title role of a blood-spatter expert for a Miami police department, who moonlights as a serial killer targeting other killers.
You might think the show is filmed in Florida. It’s not. It’s filmed in Hollywood.
You might also think that shooting a show about a killer stalking killers would make for an intense, high-stress set.
Not so much, says guest star Jason Gedrick, who’s playing George Novikov, the mob-connected owner of a Miami gentleman’s club.
“It’s an incredibly low-key set,” Gedrick tells Zap2it. “It’s so relaxed, you almost wonder, ‘Wait a minute, this is a ton of fun, right, but is it going to come out professionally?’ Because everyone is so well-prepared. They’ve been doing it for seven years. There’s zero ego on the show.
“And sure enough, you see the episode, and you’re like, ‘Wow, how great, how great.’ It all makes sense. It’s heartwarming to know that things can be made without a lot of stress or off-camera drama.”
Asked whether or not George is dangerous, Gedrick says, “That’s a very subjective question. The general consensus would be that I might not be the nicest guy. However, from my point of view, I would say that would be a very misunderstood perception of me, that I’m capable of very nice things.
“But the not-so-distant affiliation with the Russian mob, is probably another tip-off.”
As smoothly as things go on-set, Gedrick says it’s going to be a wild ride for the viewers.
“As soon as you think you’re in a secure place,” he says, “and you’re on track where the writers are going, they left-turn it for you, hardcore. They U-turn it for you. It was really fun to read each additional script.
“Even as an actor, you think you might have some sense of where it’s going, and sure enough, it would go in a completely different direction. They really upped the bar this season.”
Gedrick also has a lot of respect for Hall, saying, “I have to go, ‘My God, it seems to come so easy to that guy.’ He is just so centered and steady, there’s just something about him. Then when you see him work, you see this manic energy inside him. You see this wild, unpredictable, unrehearsed spark and inspiration in the character.
“He maintains it, so it’s not over the top. It’s really sophisticated work, yet wildly free. It’s amazing.”